Physics

Major/Minor

Go deep into the complex functions of the physical world—quantum mechanics, electricity, magnetism, waves, optics, thermodynamics—by majoring in physics.

In this program, you will . . . 

  • build foundational knowledge of physics principles, including atomic structure, particles, waves, diffraction, special relativity, and quantum mechanics
  • apply physics theories—like electromagnetism, special relativity, the three laws of thermodynamics—to hands-on research projects and lab experiments
  • take calculus and other advanced math courses to inform your use of mathematics in physics

Apply what you learn:

  • Advanced Lab: Complete a required semester-long lab experiment or research project. Junior-level students and faculty collaborate to determine the project's focus, design, and execution.
  • Senior Capstone: Spend the month of January applying your technical, analytical, and laboratory skills, plus your knowledge from coursework, to an intensive research project in physics.

Every physics major chooses one of two degree tracts:

Bachelor of Science

The best choice if you're planning on graduate school or a career in physics research.

This option requires:

  • Two credit hours (minimum) of practicum or directed research
  • A course designed to prepare students for the Physics GRE
  • Deeper scientific and mathematic immersion
  • Electives designed to connect physics to other disciplines, especially chemistry, engineering, and mathematics

Bachelor of Art

If you're strongly interested in physics and how the world works, but want more freedom to choose classes and space for additional minors. This option requires a foreign language.

This option offers:

  • Opportunities to earn credit through optional practicums and directed research
  • Physics-focused electives, including the Preparation for the Physics GRE course